NITIN A GOKHALE

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Corporatising OFBs: An idea whose time has come

Corporatising OFBs: An idea whose time has come

Rediff.com25 Aug 2020

'The much-awaited decision could be a welcome change at a time when the Indian armed forces are crying for self-reliance and the defence industry is looking forward to more indigenisation,' notes Nitin A Gokhale.

R N Kao, India's legendary Spymaster

R N Kao, India's legendary Spymaster

Rediff.com17 Oct 2019

'Here was a man who played a major part in helping the Bengalis of East Pakistan create a new nation, secured the merger of Sikkim into the Indian dominion and built R&AW into a formidable outfit, comparable to the best in the world.' Rameshwar Nath Kao shunned the limelight, hated to be photographed and preferred to work behind the scenes. A revealing excerpt from Nitin A Gokhale's much awaited book, R N Kao: Gentleman Spymaster.

You went too soon, Manohar Parrikar

You went too soon, Manohar Parrikar

Rediff.com22 Mar 2019

Nitin A Gokhale, Co-founder, BharatShakti.in and long-time Rediff.com contributor, remembers a most unusual politician.

Citizenship Amendment Bill: A humanitarian act

Citizenship Amendment Bill: A humanitarian act

Rediff.com11 Jan 2019

'While the fears in Assam and other north eastern states are natural given their experience since 1947 when successive governments and even political leaders in Delhi have repeatedly let them down, the intent and provisions under the Citizenship Amendement Bill -- when examined closely -- should remove those apprehensions,' says Nitin A Gokhale, the well-known commentator who lived in and reported from the north east between 1983 and 2006.

Every Indian must salute these patriots

Every Indian must salute these patriots

Rediff.com9 Apr 2018

BharatShakti.in Founder Nitin A Gokhale pays homage to Mr E N Rammohan and Colonel M B Ravindranath, two genuine Indian heroes who sadly passed into the ages on Sunday

Why Modi chose Dineshwar Sharma as his point man for J&K

Why Modi chose Dineshwar Sharma as his point man for J&K

Rediff.com24 Oct 2017

'The government is in no hurry to talk to the separatists and would like to approach the Kashmiri people directly through various other organisations.' 'Officials in charge of J&K affairs at the Centre are clear that there would be no let up in the operations against terrorists,' reveals BharatShakti.in founder Nitin A Gokhale.

Exclusive! How the surgical strikes were planned

Exclusive! How the surgical strikes were planned

Rediff.com22 Sep 2017

'Not a single soldier should be left behind in enemy territory.' Nitin A Gokhale's fascinating account on how the Indian Army conducted the daring and successful cross-border operation last September.

Exclusive! When Indian forces went behind enemy lines

Exclusive! When Indian forces went behind enemy lines

Rediff.com22 Sep 2017

'This is what we train for: That one chance to deliver a blow so lethal that the enemy will constantly think about it when planning any misadventure.'

China: Why India must always be vigilant

China: Why India must always be vigilant

Rediff.com31 Aug 2017

'The possibility of another incursion, a probing manoeuvre in areas where Indian defences are vulnerable cannot be ruled out.'

Why China wanted to grab Bhutan's land

Why China wanted to grab Bhutan's land

Rediff.com3 Jul 2017

'The Chinese forces in the narrow Chumbi Valley are currently in the line of sight and fire of Indian forces poised on the ridges along the Sikkim-Tibet border.' 'Aware of this vulnerability, the Chinese have been eyeing the Doklam plateau,' explains national security expert Nitin A Gokhale.

Why India will monitor S S Khaplang's funeral

Why India will monitor S S Khaplang's funeral

Rediff.com10 Jun 2017

After the Naga leader's death, Chinese intelligence may ensure ULFA terrorist Paresh Barua takes over as leader of the anti-India rebel groups operating out of Myanmar, says Nitin A Gokhale.

Why PM needs a Parrikar 2.0 as Raksha Mantri

Why PM needs a Parrikar 2.0 as Raksha Mantri

Rediff.com14 Mar 2017

In 28 months, Manohar Parrikar as defence minister developed easy relationships with the top brass of the three Services as was rarely ever witnessed before. He threw caution to the winds and managed to pull the forces out of a downward spiral in operational capabilities.

The Indian Army is not asking for immunity

The Indian Army is not asking for immunity

Rediff.com18 Feb 2017

'General Rawat's unambiguous stand has acted as a much needed confidence booster to the troops -- young officers and soldiers at the cutting edge -- who were often left wondering if they were doing the right and necessary thing in combating the terrorists, many times paying with their own lives,' says Nitin A Gokhale.

Let the army do its job, please

Let the army do its job, please

Rediff.com25 Jul 2016

The military continues to battle difficult circumstances in Kashmir. Let's not add to their woes by spreading half-baked stories, factually incorrect posts and inaccurate articles.

'In two years, there hasn't been a single case of corruption in the defence ministry'

'In two years, there hasn't been a single case of corruption in the defence ministry'

Rediff.com23 May 2016

'The cost of the Rafale contract will be substantially lower than being talked about.' 'If you throw away the price they demand, our coffers will soon become empty.' 'When it comes to spending the nation's money I am very careful and stingy.'

Assam triumph: BJP's Open Sesame to the north-east

Assam triumph: BJP's Open Sesame to the north-east

Rediff.com19 May 2016

'The win in Assam is likely to have a ripple effect in other north-eastern states like Manipur and Nagaland which have been reluctant to embrace the BJP in the past,' says Nitin A Gokhale, the distinguished commentator on strategic affairs, who lived and reported from Assam between 1983 and 2006.

India must be ready to attack in the event of another terror strike

India must be ready to attack in the event of another terror strike

Rediff.com2 Jan 2016

'That the terrorists could still kill three security personnel, including men of the Defence Service Corps, indicates highly trained men are being sent across the border,' says national security expert Nitin A Gokhale, founder, BharatShakti.in

Exclusive! Manohar Parrikar on his plans for India's defence

Exclusive! Manohar Parrikar on his plans for India's defence

Rediff.com25 Nov 2015

'The armed forces have been given clear indication that they have to give priority to Make in India and indigenisation and dependence on foreign source should be reduced.' 'Almost Rs 90,000 crores contracts have been signed during my tenure. Another almost Rs 70,000 crores are in the pipeline.'

The war that helped India regain its military confidence

The war that helped India regain its military confidence

Rediff.com26 Aug 2015

'India was in no position to wage another war in 1965, having suffered a morale-shattering defeat in 1962. The three services were in the middle of a modernisation and expansion phase and therefore not fully trained or battle-ready.'

Talking terror to Pakistan only agenda of Sunday's meeting

Talking terror to Pakistan only agenda of Sunday's meeting

Rediff.com20 Aug 2015

If the talks fail to move forward -- as is most likely -- India has retained the option of unleashing a disproportionate response in the coming weeks on the border, reveals Nitin A Gokhale.

Peace at last, peace at last. Thank God Almighty, peace at last.

Peace at last, peace at last. Thank God Almighty, peace at last.

Rediff.com4 Aug 2015

'According to top government sources, the territorial boundaries of the existing North-Eastern states will not be disturbed although cultural integration of Nagas living in states other than Nagaland will be facilitated through special measures,' reveals Nitin A Gokhale.

Expert panel wants CAG to pre-audit defence deals

Expert panel wants CAG to pre-audit defence deals

Rediff.com24 Jul 2015

An expert committee has recommended to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar that supply of equipment need not be blocked even if bribery charges emerge.

Exclusive! 'Sri Lanka will never pose a threat to India'

Exclusive! 'Sri Lanka will never pose a threat to India'

Rediff.com4 Jul 2015

'We have nothing to gain by helping any other country to become a threat to India,' former Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is on the comeback trail, tells Rediff.com in an exclusive interview.

Army launches huge operation against North-East terrorists

Army launches huge operation against North-East terrorists

Rediff.com5 Jun 2015

Although India has sought inputs from the Myanmar army since most of those involved in Thursday's ambush would have sneaked across into Myanmar, the fresh operations would smoke out insurgents based in hideouts on the Indian side along the border.

At last, an Indian leader who knows how to deal with China

At last, an Indian leader who knows how to deal with China

Rediff.com19 May 2015

'Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to have gone beyond the cautious approach usually advocated by the tightly-knit 'China group' in the ministry of external affairs in dealing with Beijing.'

At last, an Indian leader who knows how to deal with China

At last, an Indian leader who knows how to deal with China

Rediff.com19 May 2015

'Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to have gone beyond the cautious approach usually advocated by the tightly-knit 'China group' in the ministry of external affairs in dealing with Beijing.'

The fauj does not advertise secularism, but practises it every day

The fauj does not advertise secularism, but practises it every day

Rediff.com2 Apr 2015

'Those of us who have seen the Indian military from close quarters for decades now are outraged at Admiral Sushil Kumar's irresponsible and in my view flippant remark,' says Nitin A Gokhale. 'What makes people like Julio Riberio and Admiral Sushil Kumar, who rose to the highest positions in their respective professions, play the victim? Especially when it is not clear if all the attacks on Christians and Christian establishments had their roots in religious intolerance.'

Heed the lessons from the lynching

Heed the lessons from the lynching

Rediff.com7 Mar 2015

'For years, a whispering campaign against the non-Nagas -- and occasional violence -- has dominated the local discourse, but Farid Khan's lynching was unprecedented in its ferocity.'

Winning Hearts or Fighting Terror? Army's Kashmir dilemma

Winning Hearts or Fighting Terror? Army's Kashmir dilemma

Rediff.com30 Jan 2015

'All commanding officers and their superiors are sure to have taken note of the betrayal that killed Colonel Rai. Corrective measures will be taken quickly. And the Indian Army will continue to do its duty without rancour and remorse.'

Time for Sri Lanka and India to reset ties

Time for Sri Lanka and India to reset ties

Rediff.com23 Jan 2015

President Maithripala Sirisena's government in Colombo has clearly decided to restore some balance in its diplomatic outreach, which presents a great opportunity for India.

The State has abdicated its responsbility for Assam

The State has abdicated its responsbility for Assam

Rediff.com29 Dec 2014

'Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh will have to treat these militias for what they are: Criminals armed with deadly weapons. Otherwise, nothing will distinguish the National Democratic Alliance government from the ten-year long perfidy of the UPA in Assam.'

Why not a Victory in Bangladesh Day?

Why not a Victory in Bangladesh Day?

Rediff.com16 Dec 2014

'The failure to remember the martyrs on a grand scale is a national problem. As a nation-State, India time and again fails to honour its true heroes: The men in uniform.'

How social media is denting the army's image in Kashmir

How social media is denting the army's image in Kashmir

Rediff.com9 Dec 2014

'With increasing use of social media for instant communication, the armed services better find a quick solution to the new challenge they face or else continue to remain on the back foot despite doing sterling work in combating the proxy war in Kashmir.'

Army is fighting a war, and not terrorism, in J&K

Army is fighting a war, and not terrorism, in J&K

Rediff.com8 Dec 2014

'In both the attacks last week, terrorists had come equipped for a prolonged fight and were eventually prepared to die. This is a new breed of fidayeen Pakistan has invested in.'

Desperate ISI will try more terror attacks in J&K

Desperate ISI will try more terror attacks in J&K

Rediff.com5 Dec 2014

The assessment in the security establishment is that in view of the huge turnout in the first two phase of polling there will be more desperate attacks in the next few weeks before winter intensifies and all possible infiltration routes become inaccessible due to snow, says Nitin A Gokhale.

Why AFSPA can be lifted, not repealed

Why AFSPA can be lifted, not repealed

Rediff.com17 Nov 2014

Lifting the AFSPA can certainly be attempted but the provisions of the AFSPA, as an emergency law that empowers the army -- the nation's instrument of last resort -- must continue to remain on the statute books given the increasingly violent and uncertain times that the subcontinent is likely to face in coming years, says Nitin A Gokhale.